My toe (uncensored), 2021
“My toe (uncensored)” is a series of works dedicated to my right big toe. It includes a 30-part photo series, sculptures and a live performance.
My toe is a body part that I see everyday, although she never receives much attention. In this work I try to build on a more intimate relationship with her, by asking her questions like; ‘‘Who are you? What do you like? How are we related?’’. Unfortunately, with little verbal effect. So I tried to communicate with her by putting her in various situations and settings to see what she most strongly reacted to. I gave her a luxurious new nail, pressed her into a cold oyster or put her into a slimey scenery. This seemed more to her liking.
While working, I found out quickly that it touched on much more political subjects than initially intended. For example, the objectification of the female body and its unrealistic standards, the contrasts between what is attractive or repulsive and the grey area of what is considered ‘dirty’ in terms of sexuality. Paradoxically, by objectifying my own body, I took ownership of it.
“My toe (uncensored)” is an ongoing work.